So In Love -- Just For You

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Getting ready for the Memorial Day weekend and the weather is predicted to be stunning for the entire weekend.  How great is that!  I hope that you have some time planned with family and friends this weekend to celebrate the beginning of Summer.  

As a military veteran, I'd like to take a moment to remind you that Memorial Day Weekend is all about remembering those that have fallen in service to this great nation.  I heard on the radio this morning that the number is a little more than a million men and women who have given their lives to protect the freedoms that make our country so unique.  In this time of divisiveness, I think it's important to remember all the special things that make the United States a country so attractive to people from all walks of life.  We take so much for granted--let's not take those million+ lives for granted.  Their lives were important:  to their families and friends, to all the people whose lives they impacted, and most of all to this country. 

Today's post is a gift card holder I designed for my Stamp Clubs this Spring.  I purposely designed it "generically" so that it could be used for a multitude of purposes:  Wedding Card, Birthday Card, Anniversary Card, Graduation Card, or just about any reason to celebrate...with cash or a gift card.

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This card begins with a card base of Sahara Sand cardstock.  The leaf flourish image, from the So In Love stamp set (Retiring), was randomly stamped around the edges of the card front using Sahara Sand ink.

The outline image was stamped at the horizontal center of a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Sweet Sugarplum ink.  The floral banner with solid center thinlit, from the So Detailed Thinlits (Retiring), was placed over the cardstock so that the outline image was centered inside the corresponding shape at the center of the banner thinlit and die cut with the Big Shot [Tip:  Use the Precision Base Plate for best results].  The "just for you" greeting was stamped inside the outline image using Sahara Sand ink [Tip:  Use the Stamp-a-ma-jig to ensure correct placement of the greeting inside the outline image].

Place a bit of Fast Fuse adhesive on the back of the banner die cut in the center solid area and position the banner across the horizontal center of a piece of Falling In Love Designer Series Paper (Retired--Sold Out).  Note that the solid tabs on the left and right sides of the banner will extend beyond the left and right edges of the Designer Series Paper.  Place the paper face down and run the tip of the bone folder along the right and left edges of the paper where the banner extends beyond the paper.  Apply adhesive to the banner ends and fold the banner ends over onto the back of the Designer Series Paper.  The Designer Series Paper/banner were matted with a slightly larger piece of Blushing Bride cardstock (1/16" mat border) and matted again with a slightly larger piece of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock (1/4" mat border).  The assembled focal point was adhered at the center of the card front.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  A narrow strip of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock was adhered behind the top edge of a strip of Falling In Love Designer Series Paper.  Tear & Tape adhesive was placed on the back of the Designer Series Paper along the left, right, and bottom edges.  The adhesive covers were removed and the paper was adhered to the liner ensuring the left, right, and bottom edges of the paper were flush with the left, right, and bottom edges of the liner.  This creates the gift card holder pocket.

The "a day to celebrate" sentiment was stamped at the upper center of the liner using Sweet Sugarplum ink.  The "congratulations" image was stamped just above the top edge of the paper using Sahara Sand ink.

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This photo shows a gift card in the gift card pocket.  Of course, the pocket is large enough for a variety of sizes of gift cards, checks, and the ever popular cash.

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The "congratulations" greeting was stamped at the center of the envelope flap of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope using Sweet Sugarplum ink.  The leaf flourish image was randomly stamped around the greeting using Sahara Sand ink [Tip:  Place a piece of copy paper between the envelope flap and the back of the envelope while stamping to ensure that the image is stamped only on the envelope flap].

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There are only a few more days before the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog goes live on June 1st at Noon Mountain Time.  This means that the items on the Retiring List from the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog and the Occasions catalog will only be available while supplies last until midnight (Mountain Time) on May 31st.  The stamp set and thinlits used for this blog post are still available and at a reduced price!  Be sure to take a final look at your Wish List and make sure that you have all the items you have identified before they are gone.

You can see the most current information regarding the Retiring List at the Stampin' Up! on-line store.  Just click on the Order Stampin' Up! Online button at the top right sidebar of this blog page, click on the Shop Now hot link on the menu bar, and then click on the Retiring List hot link on the left sidebar.

Have a great weekend!

Card Measurements -- 

Sahara Sand:  5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" along the 8-1/2" length; Sweet Sugarplum:  3-5/8" x 4-5/8"; Blushing Bride:  3-1/8" x 4-1/8", 1/2" x 5-1/4"; Very Vanilla:  2" x 5-1/2", 4" x 5-1/4"; Falling In Love Designer Series Paper:  3" x 4", 1-1/2" x 5-1/4"

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  So In Love; Inks:  Sahara Sand, Sweet Sugarplum; Cardstock:  Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, Sweet Sugarplum, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Falling In Love; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Tear & Tape; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform & Precision Base Plate, So Detailed Thinlits; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


Number of Years -- Ellen's 60th Birthday

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I've been diving into a cleaning and organizing binge in my craft room to make room for the boxes of GREAT NEW STUFF from the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog and found a stack of cards that were set aside for blog posts buried under a stack of paperwork.  I made this card in February for my good friend Ellen's 60th birthday.  I think milestone birthdays deserve special recognition but I didn't want the card to be too much in Ellen's face, so to speak; thus the softer colors and pretty paper pattern. 

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This card begins with a card base of Sahara Sand.  A panel of Very Vanilla cardstock, slightly smaller than the card front, was adhered at the center of the card front.  A panel of Falling In Love Designer Series Paper (Retired--Sold Out) was matted with a slightly larger piece of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock and adhered at the center of the Very Vanilla panel.

The banner image, from the Number of Years stamp set, was stamped twice on Very Vanilla cardstock using Sahara Sand ink.  The "Happy" image was stamped at the center of one of the banners (with the center banner area above the banner tails) using Sweet Sugarplum ink.  The "Birthday" image was stamped at the center of the remaining banner (with the center banner area below the banner tails) using Sweet Sugarplum ink.  The banners were die cut with the Big Shot using the banner framelit from the Large Numbers Framelits.

The "6" and the "0" images were stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Sweet Sugarplum ink.  The images were die cut with the Big Shot using the corresponding framelits from the Large Numbers Framelits.  The numbers were adhered slightly above the center of the Designer Series Paper on the card front.  The banners were adhered centered above and below the numbers using Stampin' Dimensionals.

The small banner framelit was used to die cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock with the Big Shot.  The small banner image was stamped onto the banner using Sahara Sand ink.  The "TH" image was stamped at the center of the banner using Sweet Sugarplum ink.  [Tip:  When using Framelits, I normally stamp first and die cut second.  However, it's impossible to see through the small banner framelit to line up the image inside the framelit.  Thankfully, the Number of Years stamp set is a photopolymer set which means that you can easily stamp within the die cut banner.]  The banner was adhered to the card front with the left side of the small banner tucked under the right center edge of the "0".

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  The sentiment "the number of years the world has been a better place because you're in it." was stamped at the upper center of the liner using Sahara Sand ink.

The grouped leaves image was stamped at the lower left corner of the liner using Pear Pizzazz ink.  The cone flower and five-petal flower images were stamped at the open stems of the leaves image using Sweet Sugarplum ink.  

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The leaves image was stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Very Vanilla envelope.  The cone flower and five-petal flower images were stamped at the open stems using Sweet Sugarplum ink.

The great thing about this card is that it was very quick to make.  Certainly a card that would lend itself to multiples.  I wish I had thought of it last year when all my high school friends and I were turning 60...

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A reminder that there are only a few days remaining for the Retiring List.  An important piece of information is that stamp sets on the Retiring List are now available only while supplies last.  If there's a stamp set that you are on the fence about, now is the time to order it.  You can see the most current information regarding the Retiring List at the Stampin' Up! on-line store.  Just click on the Order Stampin' Up! Online button at the top right sidebar of this blog page, click on the Shop Now hot link on the menu bar, and then click on the Retiring List hot link on the left sidebar.

One thing I keep forgetting to mention is that you'll see all of the bundles in the current catalog on the Retiring List.  Many of the elements in the bundles are carrying over to the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog--just not the bundle prices.  Therefore, if you want to purchase the stamp sets and coordinating Big Shot items or punches at the bundle price, now is the time to do that, too!

Card measurements --

Sahara Sand:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Sweet Sugarplum:  4" x 5-1/4"; Very Vanilla:  4-1/8" x 5-3/8", 2 @ 1" x 3-1/2", 2 @ 1-1/2" x 2-1/2", 1" x 1-1/2", 4" x 5-1/4"; Falling In Love Designer Series Paper:  3-3/4" x 5"

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used for this card --

Stamps:  Number of Years; Inks:  Pear Pizzazz, Sahara Sand, Sweet Sugarplum; Cardstock:  Sahara Sand, Sweet Sugarplum, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Falling In Love; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Large Numbers Framelits; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


Flower Patch -- A Gift Set of Cards & Downloadable Tutorial

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A reminder that there's a short time remaining to purchase items from the Retiring List.  You can see the most current information regarding the Retiring List at the Stampin' Up! on-line store.  Just click on the Order Stampin' Up! Online button at the top right sidebar of this blog page, click on the Shop Now hot link on the menu bar, and then click on the Retiring List hot link on the left sidebar.

One of the things I hear most from my customers is that they have lots of Designer Series Paper and are looking for ways to use the paper.  Today's post is a gift box filled with 4 cards and envelopes that I made with my Stamp Clubs in April and it was very well received because it's quick and easy to make.  While my project mixes and matches the designs from the Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper, you can make the gift box and card elements from one sheet of 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper.  I'm including step-by-step instructions that you can access by clicking here.

The gift box features the Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper (Retired--Sold Out), the Floral Affection Textured Impressions embossing folders (Retiring), and the Project Life Corner Rounder Tool (Retiring--Sold Out).

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The cards inside the gift box feature the Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper, Flower Patch stamp set (Retiring) and coordinating Flower Fair Framelits (Retiring), Pearl Basic Jewels (Retired--will be reconfigured for the new catalog), and Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes.  The following stamp sets were used for the greetings and sentiments:  Tin of Cards (Retiring), Banners for You, Everyday Tags (Retiring), Window Shopping, and Birthday Bright (Retiring).

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The step-by-step instructions include photos of the inside sentiment areas and envelopes, paper dimensions, cutting/scoring illustrations and photos, and a complete supply list.  

I first learned to make this project at a downline appreciation event last December with my Stampin' Up! upline, Catherine Harwood.  She first saw the project while attending a Stampin' Up! recognition event where it was shared by another Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Rachel Tessman.  You can find Rachel's instructional video here

The 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog has some really awesome packages of Designer Series Paper that you are really going to want.  If you are feeling that you need to use up the paper you have before you can purchase more, then this project is perfect for you.  These gift sets and cards are perfect for teachers, co-workers, friends, and family.

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used for this project -- 

Stamps:  Flower Patch, Tin of Cards, Banners for You, Everyday Tags, Window Shopping, Birthday Bright; Inks:  Basic Black Archival, Island Indigo, Mint Macaron, Sahara Sand; Cardstock:  Island Indigo, Mint Macaron, Sahara Sand, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Blooms & Bliss; Embellishments:  Pearl Basic Jewels; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Sponge, Project Life Corner Rounder Tool, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Flower Fair Framelits; Other:  Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes; Non-Stampin' Up!:  Velcro 3/8" Thin Clear Fasteners


Thoughtful Banners -- Congrats

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There are only a few days left for the Stampin' Up! 2016-2017 Annual Catalog and the Occasions Catalog.  The items in these catalogs that are not carrying over to the Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog are part of the Retiring List.  Items on the Retiring List are disappearing fast, but there are still quite a few left to choose from.  You can see the most current information regarding the Retiring List at the Stampin' Up! on-line store.  Just click on the Order Stampin' Up! Online button at the top right sidebar of this blog page, click on the Shop Now hot link on the menu bar, and then click on the Retiring List hot link on the left sidebar.

Today's post is a pretty wedding card I designed for the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Thoughtful Banners stamp set.  To see a line up of the Stampin' Up! Artists who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.

I love to fussy cut.  There--I've said it, I own it, I'm OK with you thinking that I'm nuts.  I know that there are those of you who are looking at this card and thinking that this is a really pretty card, but you are saying to yourself that if there's not a framelit or thinlit for the Big Shot that will cut out those flowers, this card is not going to be made by you.  I used to think that way, too.  Until I learned how to fussy cut.  There are some important things to remember about fussy cutting:

  1. It is imperative that you have a pair of very sharp micro-tip scissors (Stampin' Up!'s Paper Snips are perfect for fussy cutting).
  2. When fussing cutting, the scissors don't move...the paper moves.  This takes some getting used to, but once you get used to doing this, fussy cutting is super easy.  Hold the paper firmly, but flexibly, with the fingertips of one hand and rotate the paper.

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This card begins with a card base of Blushing Bride cardstock.  A length of Very Vanilla 1/2" Lace Trim was adhered along the back left edge of a piece of Falling in Love Designer Series Paper (Retired--Sold Out).  The paper/lace was adhered at the center of a piece of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock cut slightly smaller than the card front and then adhered at the center of the card front.

The "screen" smudge stamp, from the Touches of Texture stamp set, was stamped three times near the upper center of the Designer Series Paper using Sweet Sugarplum ink.  The flower bunch image, also from the Touches of Texture stamp set, was stamped three times on Very Vanilla cardstock using Sahara Sand ink.  The images were watercolored using the Blender Pen and Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, and Sweet Sugarplum inks (Tip:  Pick up the ink from the inside of the ink pad cover after pressing the ink pad cover to the ink pad while the ink pad is closed).  The images were cut out with Paper Snips (and an X-Acto Knife for the small areas not easily accessible with scissors) and adhered at the center of the card front using Mini Glue Dots.

The curved outline banner image, from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set, was stamped on Sweet Sugarplum cardstock using Sweet Sugarplum ink.  The image was punched out using the Duet Banner punch and adhered over the flower stems using Stampin' Dimensionals.  The "congrats" image, also from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set, was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Sweet Sugarplum ink.  The image was cut out with Paper Snips and adhered at the center of the banner using rolled up Mini Glue Dots.

A piece of Very Vanilla 1/4" Satin ribbon (Retiring) was tied into a bow and adhered immediately below the banner with a Mini Glue Dot.

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The flower bunch image was stamped at the lower left corner of the Very Vanilla liner using Sahara Sand ink.  The image was watercolored with the Blender Pen and Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, and Sweet Sugarplum inks.  The "Here's to New Beginnings" sentiment, from the Everyday Tags stamp set, was stamped near the upper center of the liner using Sweet Sugarplum ink.  The liner was adhered at the inside sentiment area of the card base.

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The flower bunch image was stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope using Sahara Sand ink.  The image was watercolored with the Blender Pen and Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, and Sweet Sugarplum inks.  The "celebrate" sentiment was stamped below the image using Sweet Sugarplum ink.

Sometimes fussy cutting is just the right technique for taking a stamped image to the next level.  Take some time to practice the technique--the good news is that all those practice pieces will be ready for creating the focal point of your next project.

Card Measurements --

Blushing Bride:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Sweet Sugarplum:  4" x 5-1/4", 2" x 3"; Very Vanilla:  3 @ 2" x 4", 1" x 2"; Falling In Love Designer Series Paper:  3-1/2" x 5"; Very Vanilla 1/2" Lace Trim:  5"; Very Vanilla 1/4" Satin ribbon:  8"

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used for this card -- 

Stamps:  Thoughtful Banners, Touches of Texture, Everyday Tags; Inks:  Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Sahara Sand, Sweet Sugarplum; Cardstock:  Blushing Bride, Sweet Sugarplum, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Falling In Love; Embellishments:  Very Vanilla 1/2" Lace Trim, Very Vanilla 1/4" Satin ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Blender Pens, Duet Banner punch; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


Thoughtful Banners -- You Are...

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There are only a couple weeks left for the Stampin' Up! 2016-2017 Annual Catalog and the Occasions Catalog.  The items in these catalogs that are not carrying over to the Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog are part of the Retiring List.  Items on the Retiring List are disappearing fast, but there are still quite a few left to choose from.  You can see the most current information regarding the Retiring List at the Stampin' Up! on-line store.  Just click on the Order Stampin' Up! Online button at the top right sidebar of this blog page, click on the Shop Now hot link on the menu bar, and then click on the Retiring List hot link on the left sidebar.

This post shares the how-to's for creating a birthday card I designed for the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Thoughtful Banners stamp set.  To see a line up of the Stampin' Up! Artists who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.

When I first saw the Thoughtful Banners stamp set and the outline image for the Classic Label punch, I immediately thought of the signpost from the movie and television show "Mash".  There are so many great words and phrases in this stamp set and they certainly lend themselves to some fun interpretations for a signpost.  I decided to make this one a birthday card.

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This card begins with a card base of Calypso Coral cardstock.  The edges of the card front were sponged with Early Espresso ink and the edges of a piece of variegated striped paper from the By the Shore Designer Series Paper (Retiring) were sponged with Early Espresso ink.  The paper was matted with a slightly larger piece of Soft Suede cardstock, the edges sponged with Early Espresso ink.

A piece of Soft Suede cardstock was stamped with the Hardwood background stamp inked with Early Espresso.  The Stampin' Trimmer was used to cut one "plank" from the paper then Paper Snips were used to trim the top of the plank.  The "plank" was cut to 4-5/8" in length and the edges of the "plank" sponged with Early Espresso ink.  The "plank", now a signpost, was adhered to the Designer Series Paper with the bottom edge flush with the bottom center edge of the Designer Series Paper.  A piece of Dapper Denim 3/8" Ruched ribbon (Retiring) was wrapped around the paper/cardstock and tied in a knot over the signpost.  The paper/cardstock was adhered at the center of the card front.

The long horizontal bar image, from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set, was stamped on four strips of Very Vanilla cardstock using Soft Sky ink.  The Classic Label outline stamp image was stamped over the horizontal bar on two of the strips using Calypso Coral ink.  The phrase "You Are" was stamped at the center of one of the labels using Dapper Denim ink.  The word "Inspiring" was stamped at the left side of the second label using Dapper Denim ink.  The double "v" shape was stamped to point toward the "You" and the "Are" on the "You Are" label using Calypso Coral ink.  The double "v" shape was stamped to point toward the "G" in "Inspiring" using Calypso Coral ink.  The images were punched out using the Classic Label punch.  Paper Snips were used to trim the labels to follow the inverted end at the double "v" shape.  The edges of each banner were sponged with Early Espresso ink.

The Classic Label outline stamp image was stamped over the horizontal bar on the remaining two strips using Dapper Denim ink.  The word "Amazing" was stamped toward the right end of one of the labels using Calypso Coral ink.  The word "Fabulous" was stamped toward the right side of the label using Calypso Coral ink.  The double "v" shape was stamped to point toward the "A" in "Amazing" on the "Amazing" label using Dapper Denim ink.  The double "v" shape was stamped to point toward the "F" in "Fabulous" using Dapper Denim ink.  The images were punched out using the Classic Label punch.  Paper Snips were used to trim the labels to follow the inverted end at the double "v" shape.  The edges of each banner were sponged with Early Espresso ink.

The banners were adhered to the signpost with Mini Glue Dots with the "You Are" at the top, "Amazing" second, "Inspiring" third, and "Fabulous" fourth.

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The liner for the inside sentiment area of the card begins with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  The Stampin' Trimmer was used to cut another "plank" from the Soft Suede cardstock stamped with the Hardwood background stamp.  Paper Snips were used to trim the top of the plank.  The "plank" was cut to 4-5/8" in length and the edges of the "plank" sponged with Early Espresso ink.  The "plank", now a signpost, was adhered to the liner with the bottom edge flush with the bottom edge of the liner with the left side of the signpost 5/8" from the left side of the liner.  The top edge of a thin strip of Calypso Coral cardstock was sponged with Early Espresso ink and adhered behind the top edge of a strip of By the Shore Designer Series Paper (the top edge of the paper sponged with Early Espresso ink).  The cardstock/paper was adhered along the bottom edge of the liner.  The edges of the liner were sponged with Early Espresso ink and the liner adhered at the center of the inside sentiment area of the card base.

The long horizontal bar image, from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set, was stamped on three strips of Very Vanilla cardstock using Soft Sky ink.  The Classic Label outline stamp image was stamped over the horizontal bar on two of the strips using Dapper Denim ink.  The phrase "Have A" was stamped at the center of one of the labels using Calypso Coral ink.  The word "Birthday" was stamped toward the right side of the second label using Calypso Coral ink.  The double "v" shape was stamped to point toward the "Have" and the "A" on the "Have A" label using Dapper Denim ink.  The double "v" shape was stamped to point toward the "B" in "Birthday" using Dapper Denim ink.  The images were punched out using the Classic Label punch.  Paper Snips were used to trim the labels to follow the inverted end at the double "v" shape.  The edges of each banner were sponged with Early Espresso ink.

The Classic Label outline stamp image was stamped over the horizontal bar on the remaining strip using Calypso Coral ink.  The word "Blessed" was stamped toward the left end of the label using Dapper Denim ink.  The double "v" shape was stamped to point toward the "D" in "Blessed" on the "Blessed" label using Calypso Coral ink.  The image was punched out using the Classic Label punch.  Paper Snips were used to trim the label to follow the inverted end at the double "v" shape.  The edges of the banner were sponged with Early Espresso ink.

The banners were adhered to the signpost with Mini Glue Dots with the "Have A" at the top, "Blessed" second, and "Birthday" third.

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A piece of By the Shore Designer Series Paper was adhered to the envelope flap of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope.  Paper Snips were used to trim the edges of the paper to conform to the edges of the envelope flap.  The edges of the envelope flap were sponged with Early Espresso ink.

When you look at all the words and phrases included with this stamp set, you can make a signpost for pretty much any occasion.  By the way, if you cut a piece of cardstock the size of the Hardwood background stamp, you can get 6 "planks" that you can make into signposts.  

Card Measurements --

Calypso Coral:  4-1/4" x 11 scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length, 3/8" x 4"; Soft Suede:  4-1/8" x 5-3/8", 4" x 5-1/4"; Very Vanilla:  7 @ 1" x 3", 4" x 5-1/4"; By the Shore Designer Series Paper:  4" x 5-1/4", 1" x 4", 2-1/4" x 6"; Dapper Denim 3/8" Ruched ribbon:  15"

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Thoughtful Banners, Hardwood; Inks:  Calypso Coral, Dapper Denim, Early Espresso, Soft Sky; Cardstock:  Calypso Coral, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  By the Shore; Embellishments:  Dapper Denim 3/8" Ruched ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Sponge, Classic Label punch; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope